The reason quiltmakers do this is because …

Traditional patchwork patterns vary depending on tradition and place of origin. Patchwork, or piecing, involves cutting fabric into shapes – usually geometric – and joining them to create new designs, both simple and complex. In the Victorian novel The Mill on the Floss (1860), George Eliot’s tragic heroine Maggie Tulliver complains that she can’t see any reason to cut up a perfectly good piece of cloth just to stitch it back together again. The reason quiltmakers do this is because the process allows them to make glorious patterns using the concepts of art: shape, scale, or, most importantly, color and color value – the contrast in shading between light and dark. The contrast of red and white provides an intensity that is perhaps the brightest contrast possible.


From the book “Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety” by E. Warren, M. Gordon and J. S. Rose


You can find more pictures and a review at Book review: “Red & White Quilts: Infinite Variety” by Elizabeth V. Warren with Maggi Gordon


patterns for quilt blocks

A new book full of great patterns waits on my sewing table, thanks to Chris!

book cover

365 Patchwork-Blöcke

Many pictorial designs like the rose on the cover or

this husky


and the butterfly.


Or perhaps I’ll start with the carpenters wheel.


sewing fun

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The last days I spent half of the day at my computer and the other half on sewing and taking photos of my goodies.

In my mind was the idea to search in my oldest books for this traditional pattern “cathedral window”. I knew it was in one of my books.

Here is my second tiny block in different pictures. nur block


I love my tweezers scissors, they are hard to find.



At last I found the right book, published in 1977. In German language this block is called “Domfenster”.buch_domfenster

domfensterBack from taking pictures to sewing. I had to try a pattern for a zipper wallet. And the test was positive, here is the result. Never ever was the zipper thing so easy. Pattern or tutorial found at



zuletzt gelesen – Bücher über Quilten

Die Abende sind immer noch lang und dunkel, ideal zum Handarbeiten oder auch zum Lesen.

Der Neujahrsquilt

Diese beiden Bücher hab ich beim Gruppentreffen im November zum Ausleihen zur Verfügung gestellt. Die Quilterinnen haben mein Angebot sofort angenommen. Die Geschichten sind auch wirklich sehr gut erzählt. Nicht nur Patchwork-Begeisterte fühlen sich beim Lesen zutiefst berührt.

Beide Bände gibt es in deutscher Übersetzung vom Weltbild Verlag.
Die Autorin Jennifer Chiaverini ist selbst Quilterin und hat eine ganze Reihe von Büchern zum Thema Quilten geschrieben.